Joined :8/26/2010 | Video Recipes: 5 | Follow Chef
Exton , PA United States

After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Pastry Arts and becoming a Certified Pastry Chef, Chef Chad took a position at Philadelphia's acclaimed Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine. He quickly rose through the ranks and became Executive Pastry Chef there. In his typical fashion, Durkin managed to find time to share his expertise with local eateries, consulting on their seasonal menus. Always up for a challenge, Chef Durkin moved on to the Water Works, where he played a vital role in the restaurant's opening. Chad's outgoing personality and immense knowledge of ingredients have made him a popular guest on many television programs and culinary demonstrations. Chef Durkin's passion and commitment to his profession is evident to everyone he meets and can be tasted in every work of art. Today, he continues to earn praise in the culinary community, and has earned numerous awards and notable achievements: Working Partner/Executive Pastry Chef of Desserts International Placed first in best non-chocolate dessert category at Philadelphia Magazine's Philly Cooks Competition (2007) Placed sixth overall for cake and showpiece at Paris Gourmet's Pastry Chef of the Year Competition (2007) Invited to demonstrate at Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell's National Resident-chef Annual Conference (2007) Planned and executed Paris Gourmet Sweet Sensations Pastry Chef Exhibition to benefit Children's Home Society; placed second overall (2007) Assisted in Paris Gourmet's Pastry Chef of the Year Competition; placed eight overall (2006) Served as the American Culinary Federation's National Junior Olympic Team Pastry Chef in Erfurt, Germany; received two gold and one bronze medal; placed sixth in the world (2004) Received achievement as a Certified Pastry Culinarian from the American Culinary Federation (2004) Earned one gold and one silver medal in hot and cold food categories during the Junior World Association of Chefs Society Competitions (2004) Placed second in the world with two gold metals at the Scot Hot Junior Grand Prix in Glasgow, Scotland (2003)